But for some in the community, it is impossible due to disability, declining health, or the rigors of aging.
For over 40 years, the Volunteer Center Transportation Program has served to address the needs of ambulatory seniors and the disabled by offering free rides throughout the county.
The program matches drivers with seniors (55+) and disabled individuals for essential trips to medical appointments, grocery stores, pharmacies, and banks.
Rides are provided throughout Santa Cruz County including Watsonville, San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley, and Santa Cruz.
One ride per week is available for senior citizens or disabled persons to meet basic needs or get to needed appointments.
If you have a good driving record, a car, and insurance we welcome you to become a volunteer driver. Drivers participate at their convenience. Some drive once a month, some once a week, and others more often. We provide supplemental insurance coverage. We also need dispatchers, to work at the desk one morning or afternoon a week. Volunteer with us!
Our Desk Locations and Contacts:
Santa Cruz: 1740 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 427-3435, fax (831) 423-6267
Contact: Desk Volunteer (varies)
South County: 12 Carr Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 722-6708, fax (831) 722-7025
Contact: Donna Patters
SLV/SV: 231 Main Street, PO Box 206, Ben Lomond, CA, 95005
Contact: Debbi Brooks